Ute Lotz-Heumann

About Ute Lotz-Heumann

I hold the following positions here at the University of Arizona:

Heiko A. Oberman Professor of Late Medieval and Reformation History

Director of the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies

Affiliated faculty in the Department of German Studies and the Department of Religious Studies and Classics

To view my CV, please visit the Faculty Website

Areas of Study

Early Modern European History, German, Irish, and British History

Selected Publications


     Die doppelte Konfessionalisierung in Irland: Konflikt und Koexistenz im 16. und in der ersten Hälfte des 17. Jahrhunderts (Spätmittelalter und Reformation, Neue Reihe, vol. 13), Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2000 [The Process of Dual Confessionalization in Ireland: Conflict and Coexistence in the Sixteenth and the First Half of the Seventeenth Centuries]


Co-Authored Book

     Säkularisierungen in der Frühen Neuzeit: Methodische Probleme und empirische Fallstudien (Beiheft der Zeitschrift für historische Forschung, vol. 41), Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 2008 (co-authors: Matthias Pohlig, Vera Isaiasz, Ruth Schilling, Heike Bock, and Stefan Ehrenpreis) [Secularizations in the Early Modern Period: Methodological Problems and Case Studies]



     A Sourcebook of Early Modern European History: Life, Death, and Everything in Between. In Honor of Susan C. Karant-Nunn, Abingdon, New York: Routledge, 2019


     Reformation und konfessionelles Zeitalter (Kontroversen um die Geschichte), Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2002, 2nd, revised edition 2008 (co-author: Stefan Ehrenpreis [Reformation and the Confessional Age (Controversies in History)]


Edited Volumes

     Entfaltung und Wirkungen der Reformation im europäischen Kontext / Dissemination and Contemporary Impact of the Reformation in Europe, Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2015 (co-editor: Irene Dingel)


     Alteuropa - Vormoderne - Neue Zeit: Epochen und Dynamiken der europäischen Geschichte (1200-1800), Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 2012 (co-editors: Christian Jaser and Matthias Pohlig) [Old Europe - the Premodern Period - a New Era: Epochs and Dynamics in European History (1200-1800)]


     Konversion und Konfession in der Frühen Neuzeit (Schriften des Vereins für Reformationsgeschichte, vol. 205), Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2007 (co-editors: Jan-Friedrich Mißfelder and Matthias Pohlig) [Conversion and Confession in the Early Modern Period]


     Stadt und Religion in der Frühen Neuzeit: Soziale Ordnungen und ihre Repräsentationen (Eigene und Fremde Welten, vol. 4), Frankfurt a.M., New York: Campus, 2007 (co-editors: Vera Isaiasz, Monika Mommertz, and Matthias Pohlig) [Town and Religion in the Early Modern Period: Social Orders and Their Representations]


     Wege der Neuzeit: Festschrift für Heinz Schilling zum 65. Geburtstag (Historische Forschungen, vol. 85), Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 2007 (co-editors: Stefan Ehrenpreis, Olaf Mörke, and Luise Schorn-Schütte) [Paths of Modernity: Festschrift for Heinz Schilling on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday]


     Taking Sides? Colonial and Confessional Mentalités in Early Modern Ireland: Essays in Honour of Karl S. Bottigheimer, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2003 (co-editor: Vincent P. Carey)

Research Interests

In my research I focus on the history of Europe from the fifteenth to the early nineteenth centuries. The religious, social and political face of Europe changed dramatically during these centuries, making this a very dynamic period in history. The Reformation and Counter-Reformation, colonization, and the Enlightenment were movements originating in Europe that shape the world until this day -- for better or for worse.

My scholarship is concerned with early modern Irish, German, and British history. My book on the process of dual confessionalization in Ireland in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (2000) analyses how confessional conflict and coexistence played out in a politically diverse and multi-ethnic environment. It poses the question of why England's attempt to introduce the Protestant Reformation in Ireland ended in warfare, colonization projects, and fierce resistance.

I am currently working on German history. I have finished a book manuscript on eighteenth-century German spas and the emergence of modernity. Currently, I am working on holy wells as popular worship sites in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Lutheranism and Catholicism and their relationship to other interpretations of healing waters and spas.

My research interests also encompass British history, and especially the diary of Samuel Peyps.

I have co-authored (with Stefan Ehrenpreis) an introduction to the historiography of the Reformation for advanced students. This book focuses on historiographical controversies in the last fifty years with chapters on periodization, the urban Reformation, the radical Reformation, the concept of confessionalization, iconoclasm and the role of pamphlets, and gender and the Reformation.

I have also edited a textbook entitled A Sourcebook of Early Modern History: Life, Death, and Everything in Between (2019) which was published in honor of Professor Susan C. Karan-Nunn,  Director Emerita of the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies and Regents' Professor Emerita of History at the University of Arizona.

My research interests encompass the success or failure of the Protestant Reformation and Catholic reform in different European countries, church discipline in early modern Europe, conversion as an indicator of confessional conflict and coexistence, popular religion, the formation of religious and confessional identities, and space, discourse, and material culture as historiographical concepts.

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Contact Information

Ute Lotz-Heumann
Associate Professor, Director of the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies
Telephone: 621-1541
Office: Douglass 315
Office Hours: by appointment, please send email to: ulotzh@email.arizona.edu

Courses Taught

I teach an array of specialized courses in early modern European history with a particular emphasis on Germany, Britian, and Ireland. For example, I teach courses on early modern and modern Irish history, the confessional churches in early modern Europe, British history in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the history of early modern Germany, the political and social makeup of the Holy Roman Empire, and aspects of the Enlightenment in central Europe as well as historiographical and methodological courses.

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